May 21, 2010 02:43:37pm
Re: Copyright region.
The way we work at LibriVox on this issue is as follows. US copyright is complex - anything published before 1923 is in the Public Domain in the USA. There are also conditions whereby some other books published in the USA
between 1923 - 1963 may not have had their copyright renewed as required by US copyright law and hence have entered the Public Domain in the USA.
From the point of view of UK nationals in particular (as I am) we have to abide by UK/European copyright law - as you say, Author's death + 70 years.
There is only one 'loophole' that benefits us - and that is something called the Rule of the Shorter Term
. This means that the UK does not grant more protection to a foreign author than his own nation does. So, for UK people, if a work of an American author
is in the Public Domain in the USA, we can also legally access it.
However, works by authors of other nationalities must still have the same protection as they enjoy from their own nation's laws. In the case of Elliot O'Donnell, who was Irish, his works are protected in Ireland for 70 years after his death, so he enjoys the same copyright protection in the UK.
I hope I have made this a little clearer.
Edited to add: I should add the usual disclaimer that I am not a copyright lawyer etc. etc. and this is the way that I understand the situation as a layman.
This post was modified by librivoxbooks on 2010-05-21 21:42:08
This post was modified by librivoxbooks on 2010-05-21 21:43:37